Under A Dim Crescent Moon – Vol. 2

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ROGC: “Under a Dim Crescent Moon” – part 2

live-mixed webcast of field recordings: January 22nd, 2006


this is # 2 of a 2-show series (part 1 is located HERE)

For most of 2003, I lived in the northwestern-most region of China…

officially known as:Xinjiang : Uyghur Autonomous Region

and sometimes referred to by some as China’s “other, lesser known Tibet” for situational parallels.

I’d recieved a generous grant to document the folk music (as opposed to the classical muqam music) of the Turkic muslim cultures traditionally native to the region… focusing mainly on the largest group: the Uyghurs , but also including examples of Kazakh and Kyrgyz songs.

For this show, a follow-up to the previous week’s presentation on my then weekly live web-radio show, I live-mixed many of those field recordings, which while mostly consist of music, also include ambiences, pop & traditional music on cassettes & cd’s I picked up…and recordings of shortwave radio.

The field recorded music you hear was, with only a few exceptions, strictly performed by common folk (farmers, carpenters, (incl. mystics and beggars)) demonstrating something that’s very much a cultural part of everyday life. With the P.R.C.’s ever accellerating blitzkrieg development of it’s west though, these cultural traditions are going up in smoke fast.

The recordings were done with head-worn binaural microphones – in yurts, homes, under grape trellises, in mud brick courtyards, orchards and in the streets of oasis towns in areas surrounding the expansive Taklamakan desert

**photos of these recordings and more can be found HERE. / ** more info on Uyghur music can be found HERE.

-Fausto Caceres (s of s&S)


running time: 2 hours


  1. Ann Melville said,

    October 27, 2008 at 4:49 am

    In a nutshell, your site is BRILLIANT!
    The photos and music really capture the essence of Xinjinag! I especially like the photo of you and the Uyghur family (you sandwiched between the 2 bearded men in fur hat)! EXCELLENT! Your whole project should be featured on NPR or PBS.
    If you get to Beijing between now and Mid-December we’ll buy you dinner in exchange for an account of your experiences!

  2. Omar Ismail said,

    April 7, 2009 at 4:23 am


    I am an Uighur currently living and working in Japan. I would like to thank you for recording and preserving those beautiful music and songs! (And the pigeon music too, of course!). Can’t wait its release at Sublime Frequencies….


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